Sophie Mercer

Sophie Mercer

Sophie Mercer

4th Year Theatre Student - Acting Conservatory

Growing up in the small town of Perth, Ontario, I was lucky enough to be involved in a vibrant arts community. When I wasn’t taking dance classes or voice lessons, I was participating in community musicals, acting in high school Sears shows, and working at a local theatre camp for kids. My passion intensified each year, and after high school I attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, where I completed the college program in Musical Theatre.

I came to York to further my training in acting, but what I love about our department is its interdisciplinary nature. No matter what stream of Theatre you may end up in, you can still take classes in any of the other streams, giving you experience and training in all areas and providing you with a broader education in your field. I enjoy studying at York because I can not only take amazing classes in Theatre and other AMPD areas, but I can study subjects completely outside of my major that fulfill my other interests and passions. I also value the close relationships that develop between faculty and students in the Theatre Department, and take comfort in knowing that I can talk to my teachers about anything.

After graduating from York, I hope to work as a performer, but I would also like to combine that with my love of education. I have spent many years working with kids and teens in theatre environments, and I would love to continue this work, inspiring the next generation of theatre professionals and helping them achieve their dreams.

I think that theatre is one of the most powerful art forms in existence, and its ability to effect change and start important discussions continues to amaze me. I love going to shows that make me think, but also ones that transport me to a completely different world. A director of a show I was working on a few years ago asked me what I love about theatre, and my instinctual response was, “I love the magic of it.” This still rings true today.